Archive for February, 2009

News 2/28/09

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 6:43 am

Pella man accused of sexual assault 
A Pella man is accused of sexual assault. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman with the Pella Police Department says 46-year-old Andre M. Staples is charged with sexual assault in the third-degree, a class C felony. The charge stems from an alleged incident in October of 2008. Buekelman says Staples was being held on $10,000 bond at the Marion County Jail and that a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marion County Courthouse. 

K-9 name deadline approaches 
Residents have from now until Monday morning at 8 a.m. to suggest a name for Knoxvilles new K-9 Police Dog. Thats according to Knoxville Police chief Dan Losada. He says he hopes to announce the winning name at Mondays City Council meeting. The department has received 87 names so far, and residents can call the police station or e-mail names to chief Losada at policechief@cityofknoxville.us. 

Carjacking suspect in custody 
A suspect in a Thursday carjacking near Bussey is in custody, with charges pending and the car still missing. Mahaska County Sheriffs Deputy Doug McMillan tells KNIA/KRLS News that 24-year-old Joseph Goemaat of Marion County was apprehended Friday afternoon, and three felony charges of robbery, burglary and theft are pending. The four-door gray Buick is still missing, and McMillan says anyone with information on the vehicle should contact local law enforcement. The Marion County and Mahaska Sheriffs deputies responded to Thursdays call. 

Assault investigation at Central 
Authorities are investigating a report of an assault on the Central College campus Thursday night. According to the Pella Police Department, a female student reported being accosted by an unknown male near Pietenpol Residence Hall. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman says the student was able to escape unharmed. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-to-30 years of age, between 58 and 510 in height, and having a medium build. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pella Police Department at 628-4921. 

New court furloughs 
The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering all court offices closed for seven days because of an expected $3.8 million budget cut. The first scheduled furlough day is set for March 20th. In addition, the Marion County courthouse will be closed at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 24th until further notice.

Local scholarships available next week 
Knoxville high school students can begin filling out the applications for over 30 local scholarships starting next week. Thats according to guidance councilor Cheryl McCaskey. In related news, every year KNIA/KRLS awards two Business and Broadcasting scholarships to two graduating seniors

Search for new Central president 
A Washington D.C. firm is hired to conduct a nationwide search for a new Central College president. Thats according to Central College Board of Trustees Chairman David Wesselink. He says the firm Academic Search specializes in finding senior executives for private colleges and universities. Current President Dr. David Roe has announced he will retire in June 2010. 

Watch out for scams 
Marion County residents should be on guard against phone, online and mail scams, and never give out their personal or financial information. Marion County Sheriffs Deputy Brian Bigaouette says one scam involves the scammer wanting to buy an item from the resident online, but they send the resident a check significantly over the item value, and ask the resident to cash the check and send back the difference. By the time the resident sends the items and cashes the check, they find out the scammers check bounces and they have disappeared with the residents money. 

Pella Forte Spring Show 
Everybody dance now. Several dance squads will perform tonight at the Pella Forte Spring Show. Varsity coach Melissa Wimmer says the theme of the evening is Lights, Camera, Action. The audience will have the opportunity to see award-winning routines from the varsity and junior varsity squads and others. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Pella Community High School. Admission is $5. 

Pella Christian Basketball tonight 
The Pella Christian boys basketball team plays tonight for the right to go to state. Pella Christian will face Des Moines Christian in the Class 2A sub state in Johnston. You can hear the play-by-play live on 92.1 KRLS at 6:45 or tune in online at kniakrls.com by clicking radio-plus.

News 2/28/09

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 6:43 am

Pella man accused of sexual assault 
A Pella man is accused of sexual assault. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman with the Pella Police Department says 46-year-old Andre M. Staples is charged with sexual assault in the third-degree, a class C felony. The charge stems from an alleged incident in October of 2008. Buekelman says Staples was being held on $10,000 bond at the Marion County Jail and that a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marion County Courthouse. 

K-9 name deadline approaches 
Residents have from now until Monday morning at 8 a.m. to suggest a name for Knoxvilles new K-9 Police Dog. Thats according to Knoxville Police chief Dan Losada. He says he hopes to announce the winning name at Mondays City Council meeting. The department has received 87 names so far, and residents can call the police station or e-mail names to chief Losada at policechief@cityofknoxville.us. 

Carjacking suspect in custody 
A suspect in a Thursday carjacking near Bussey is in custody, with charges pending and the car still missing. Mahaska County Sheriffs Deputy Doug McMillan tells KNIA/KRLS News that 24-year-old Joseph Goemaat of Marion County was apprehended Friday afternoon, and three felony charges of robbery, burglary and theft are pending. The four-door gray Buick is still missing, and McMillan says anyone with information on the vehicle should contact local law enforcement. The Marion County and Mahaska Sheriffs deputies responded to Thursdays call. 

Assault investigation at Central 
Authorities are investigating a report of an assault on the Central College campus Thursday night. According to the Pella Police Department, a female student reported being accosted by an unknown male near Pietenpol Residence Hall. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman says the student was able to escape unharmed. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-to-30 years of age, between 58 and 510 in height, and having a medium build. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pella Police Department at 628-4921. 

New court furloughs 
The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering all court offices closed for seven days because of an expected $3.8 million budget cut. The first scheduled furlough day is set for March 20th. In addition, the Marion County courthouse will be closed at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 24th until further notice.

Local scholarships available next week 
Knoxville high school students can begin filling out the applications for over 30 local scholarships starting next week. Thats according to guidance councilor Cheryl McCaskey. In related news, every year KNIA/KRLS awards two Business and Broadcasting scholarships to two graduating seniors

Search for new Central president 
A Washington D.C. firm is hired to conduct a nationwide search for a new Central College president. Thats according to Central College Board of Trustees Chairman David Wesselink. He says the firm Academic Search specializes in finding senior executives for private colleges and universities. Current President Dr. David Roe has announced he will retire in June 2010. 

=red face=Tahoma>Watch out for scams 
Marion County residents should be on guard against phone, online and mail scams, and never give out their personal or financial information. Marion County Sheriffs Deputy Brian Bigaouette says one scam involves the scammer wanting to buy an item from the resident online, but they send the resident a check significantly over the item value, and ask the resident to cash the check and send back the difference. By the time the resident sends the items and cashes the check, they find out the scammers check bounces and they have disappeared with the residents money. 

Pella Forte Spring Show 
Everybody dance now. Several dance squads will perform tonight at the Pella Forte Spring Show. Varsity coach Melissa Wimmer says the theme of the evening is Lights, Camera, Action. The audience will have the opportunity to see award-winning routines from the varsity and junior varsity squads and others. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Pella Community High School. Admission is $5. 

Pella Christian Basketball tonight 
The Pella Christian boys basketball team plays tonight for the right to go to state. Pella Christian will face Des Moines Christian in the Class 2A sub state in Johnston. You can hear the play-by-play live on 92.1 KRLS at 6:45 or tune in online at kniakrls.com by clicking radio-plus.

2-27-09 Today's Local Sports Headlines

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

The Pella Little Dutch season came to a close last night in Oskaloosa. Pella fell to Norwalk 52-to-40 in the finals of the boys class three-A Distrcit. Norwalk wasted no time taking control of the game going on a seven/nothing run to start it off. Clark Hammes then answered with two three pointers and after that it was a nip tuck battle for most of the first half. Down by seven late in the halfPella was holding for the last shot when a questionable offensive foul was called on Clark Hammes giving Norwalk the ball. The Warriors then hit a three ball as the buzzer sounded giving them a ten point halftime lead and stealing all the momentum. In the second halfNorwalk was able to stay ahead despite an outstanding defensive effort by Pella. The Little Dutch never took the lead but did get as close as seven before eventually falling by 12. Head Coach Mark Core said after the game that even though the team won’t be advancingthey are still ranked among the best teams he’s coached. Kirk Korver led the Dutch in the final game of his career with 13 points and Clark Hammes added eight. Pella has five seniors who won’t be back next year. KorverHammesAndrew TerlouwSteven Overbergenand Bryn Boswell.

As heartbreaking as Tuesday loss wasthe Knoxville girls will look back in the near future and realize how special this season was. The Panthers went 21-and-threebroke several shooting recordsand had three different girls lead the state in three-point shooting. Coach Jim Utimarkt hopes that Tuesdays loss to Pella wont define the season. The Panthers lose five seniors this seasonSteph KingeryCourtney KingeryAshley KingeryAshley Larsonand Morgan Helle.

The Pella Christian Lady Eagles season may be overbut it was certainly a successful one. Their final record was 16-and-nine and they made it all the way to the regional final before falling to an excellent Central Decatur team who is yet to lose this year. The leading scorer was senior Jana Van Zanten. Van Zanten also made the all-academic team. Beckah Posthuma was a force all year defensively ranking second on the team in steals with 40 and third in rebounds with 78. There is a bright future for the Lady Eagles as well with Posthuma returning for her senior year and Schelhaas and Christina Nolte are just freshmen and will play another three years. Other players returning include Juniors Courtany Van KootenJackie VeenstraCourtany KroezeHeather Van Santand sophomore Shelby Weaver. 

Former Knoxville Baseball Standout Grant Grgurich is playing at Northern Iowa. Grgurich played at Marshalltown Community College for two years before coming to U-N-I. In his first three gamesGrgurich is batting 333and leads the team in on base percentage and runs scored. Grgurich is listed as a utility player for the Panthers. He played shortstop in high school. Northern Iowa stands at one-and-two on the season. Grgurich and his teammates were informed last week that this would be last season for U-N-I Baseball as the school is dropping the program due to budget cuts. It was announced that if the program can raise one-point-two million dollars by March 15thit would help continue the sport for at least three more years.

Breaking News 02/27/09 Police Seek Assault Suspect

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Authorities are investigating a report of an assault on the Central College campus Thursday night. According to the Pella Police Department, a female student reported being accosted by an unknown male near Pietenpol Residence Hall. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman says the student was able to escape unharmed. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 20-to-30 years of age, between five-eight and five-ten in height, and having a medium build. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Pella Police Department at 628-4921.

Breaking News 2/27/09 Assault Arrest

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

A Pella man is accused of sexual assault. Lieutenant Dave Beukelman with the Pella Police Department says 46-year-old Andre M. Staples is charged with sexual assault in the third-degree, a class C felony. The charge stems from an alleged incident in October of 2008. Buekelman says Staples was being held on $10,000 bond at the Marion County Jail and that a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marion County Courthouse. 

Breaking News 2/27/09 Carjacking near Bussey

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Marion and Mahaska County law enforcement officials are searching for a Marion County resident wanted in a carjacking of a gray four-door Buick near Bussey Thursday evening. Mahaska County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug McMillan tells KNIA/KRLS News that the suspect was lying on the side of the road when a female driver stopped to see if he needed help. The suspect then jumped up and tried to steal the woman’s car, which also had a baby inside. There was a struggle and the man fled on foot when the woman called 911. McMillan says the man then carjacked the four-door gray Buick, which belonged to another resident. Both the suspect and the car are still missing, and residents are encouraged to contact law enforcement with any information. The suspect has three felony charges pending of robbery, burglary and theft in the second degree. McMillan says residents should never leave their keys in their car, and call law enforcement if they see someone on the side of the road, not to get out of their car.

 

 

News 2/27/09

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 6:49 am

Central College president to retire 
Central College will begin searching for their next president starting in April. Central announced Thursday that Dr. David Roe will retire in June 2010. Sources say the board of trustees will name a Presidential Search Committee in early April. Roe, a retired Air Force Brigadier General and former insurance industry executive, became Central’s 20th president in 1998.

Knoxville man faces drug charge 
A 44-year-old Knoxville man was charged Wednesday with two counts of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, cocaine, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat says Larry Darnell Muldrew was arrested by officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, South Central Iowa Drug Task Force, Mid-Iowa Narcotic Enforcement Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Muldrew was taken to the Marion County Jail with bond set at $105,000.

Knoxville woman injured in crash 
A 51-year-old Knoxville woman was transported to Mercy Hospital via helicopter Tuesday after the car she was driving ran off of T-15 in Monroe County and went into a ditch. The Iowa State Patrol says Madonna Clark’s condition was not immediately available. 

Applebees submits preliminary plans for new restaurant 
Plans for an Applebee’s near the Wal-Mart in Pella are taking shape. Planning and Zoning Director George Wesselfhoft says the company has submitted preliminary architectural plans. He says those plans are currently being reviewed by the Community Development Committee. According to Wesselhoft, once formal plans are submitted the next step would be a site plan and architecture review, a process that can take as little as a month.

Knoxville receives federal housing dollars 
Knoxville is already seeing some of the federal dollars from the economic recovery package. Sources say the Knoxville Low Rent Housing Agency received over $105,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. The amount was part of the over $7.6 million awarded to public housing agencies across the state.

Legislature considers new rules for sharing the road with bicycles 
A bill under consideration in the state legislature creates new rules for sharing the road with bicycles. Marty Doane is the owner of Iowa Bike and Fitness in Pella. He says drivers need to be aware of bicyclists on the roadways. He says motorists and bicyclists should show each other respect, by bicyclists riding defensively and motorists giving riders enough space. 

Historic Preservation Commission seeks grant 
The Knoxville Historic Preservation Commission applied for a grant to help supply paint for sprucing up downtown Knoxville businesses. Commission co-chair Carolyn Formanek says the group applied for the grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful for a half block of downtown Knoxville between His & Hers Fitness to the This, That and the Other Consignment Shop, and should know by mid-April if the grant is awarded.

Dance teams to perform Saturday night in Pella 
Dance teams will show of their skills at the Pella Forte performance Saturday night. Pella varsity coach Melissa Wimmer says the theme of the show is “Lights, Camera, Action.” Several teams will perform including Pella varsity, junior varsity and the Central College squad. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Pella Community High School. Admission is $5. 

Camera Club heads to Chicago 
The Knoxville High School Camera Club is heading to Chicago Friday through Sunday for their annual club trip. Thats according to Mary Ann Emerick with the Camera Club. She says the groups annual trips have included Kansas City or St. Louis, and usually include a dinner theatre and always include an art museum. Emerick says club members work through the school year to earn money for the trip. 

Central hosts Stringfest 
Some high school orchestra students will be at Central College today for the annual Stringfest. This gives students the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Central College Community Orchestra. A concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Douwstra Auditorium and is free and open to the public. This year’s participating schools include Pella, Indianola, Newtown, Oskaloosa and Des Moines Roosevelt. 

News 2/27/09

Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 6:49 am

Central College president to retire 
Central College will begin searching for their next president starting in April. Central announced Thursday that Dr. David Roe will retire in June 2010. Sources say the board of trustees will name a Presidential Search Committee in early April. Roe, a retired Air Force Brigadier General and former insurance industry executive, became Central’s 20th president in 1998.

Knoxville man faces drug charge 
A 44-year-old Knoxville man was charged Wednesday with two counts of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, cocaine, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat says Larry Darnell Muldrew was arrested by officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, South Central Iowa Drug Task Force, Mid-Iowa Narcotic Enforcement Drug Task Force, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Muldrew was taken to the Marion County Jail with bond set at $105,000.

Knoxville woman injured in crash 
A 51-year-old Knoxville woman was transported to Mercy Hospital via helicopter Tuesday after the car she was driving ran off of T-15 in Monroe County and went into a ditch. The Iowa State Patrol says Madonna Clark’s condition was not immediately available. 

Applebees submits preliminary plans for new restaurant 
Plans for an Applebee’s near the Wal-Mart in Pella are taking shape. Planning and Zoning Director George Wesselfhoft says the company has submitted preliminary architectural plans. He says those plans are currently being reviewed by the Community Development Committee. According to Wesselhoft, once formal plans are submitted the next step would be a site plan and architecture review, a process that can take as little as a month.

Knoxville receives federal housing dollars 
Knoxville is already seeing some of the federal dollars from the economic recovery package. Sources say the Knoxville Low Rent Housing Agency received over $105,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. The amount was part of the over $7.6 million awarded to public housing agencies across the state.

Legislature considers new rules for sharing the road with bicycles 
A bill under consideration in the state legislature creates new rules for sharing the road with bicycles. Marty Doane is the owner of Iowa Bike and Fitness in Pella. He says drivers need to be aware of bicyclists on the roadways. He says motorists and bicyclists should show each other respect, by bicyclists riding defensively and motorists giving riders enough space. 

Historic Preservation Commission seeks grant 
The Knoxville Historic Preservation Commission applied for a grant to help supply paint for sprucing up downtown Knoxville businesses. Commission co-chair Carolyn Formanek says the group applied for the grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful for a half block of downtown Knoxville between His & Hers Fitness to the This, That and the Other Consignment Shop, and should know by mid-April if the grant is awarded.

Dance teams to perform Saturday night in Pella 
Dance teams will show of their skills at the Pella Forte performance Saturday night. Pella varsity coach Melissa Wimmer says the theme of the show is “Lights, Camera, Action.” Several teams will perform including Pella varsity, junior varsity and the Central College squad. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Pella Community High School. Admission is $5. 

Camera Club heads to Chicago 
The Knoxville High School Camera Club is heading to Chicago Friday through Sunday for their annual club trip. Thats according to Mary Ann Emerick with the Camera Club. She says the groups annual trips have included Kansas City or St. Louis, and usually include a dinner theatre and always include an art museum. Emerick says club members work through the school year to earn money for the trip. 

Central hosts Stringfest 
Some high school orchestra students will be at Central College today for the annual Stringfest. This gives students the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Central College Community Orchestra. A concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Douwstra Auditorium and is free and open to the public. This year’s participating schools include Pella, Indianola, Newtown, Oskaloosa and Des Moines Roosevelt. 

Today's Local Sports Wrap-Up 2-26-09

Posted: Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The Pella Little Dutch will be back in action tonight in Oskaloosa taking on Norwalk in the second round of the boys class three-A district. Norwalk will be a tough assignment for the Little Dutch having earned a share of the Little Hawkeye Conference title during the regular season. Pella came up short both times the teams met this year falling by seven the first time and by ten the second time around. Head Coach Mark Core was extremely proud of the way his team played the Warriors the first two timesgoing as far as to say the first loss was the best game they had played to that point in the season. This game will start at seven tonight and the coverage can be heard on 92-point-one KRLS with pregame at six-45…you can also hear it on KNIA KRLS dot com by clicking radio plus.

Knoxville boys basketball should be better next season. One reason is Coach Brad McWilliams will have nearly everybody back from a team that went five-and-17 this season. He says for the first time the major ball handlers will also return. Blake McWilliams who played point guard will returnalso Luke Moorewho not only was an inside presence for the Panthers but also developed an outside shot from 15-to-17 feet. McWilliams says that will be different but good to have experience back for next season. 

The Pella Christian Eagles will be off until Saturday night. That’s when they will take on Des Moines Christian for a chance to go to the state tournament. Des Moines Christian is a team that Coach Larry Hessing and the Eagles know very wellhaving played them in the last game of the regular season. The Eagles easily won that meeting 88/53 at home. Eli Groenendyk had a field day in that game scoring 24 points and Cliff WarnerTyler Klyn and Jon Holwerda all reached double figures as well. Coach Hessing will hope for more of the same this time around but admitshe wishes they hadn’t played Des Moines Christian already. Pella Christian is yet to be really tested this post seasonwinning their games by an average of 40 points.

Local Wrestling Referee Mike Braden is retiring after 36 years at this weekends state dual meet. Braden wrestled for Oskaloosa and works at Pella Corp and had officiated several meets in Marion County. Braden called the state meet last week in Des Moines has been thinking about retirement for the last four years and realized that 2009 would be his last. Braden says his high school coach at Oskaloosa urged him to get into officiating . He has been selected to referee the state meet 22 timeshas been nominated Official of the Year nine times winning it in 1988.

Both the Central Men and Women Basketball seasons have come to a close. The Central Men finish the year at 13-and-13 after Tuesday’s Iowa Conference Tournament loss to Loras. The Men made the tournament as a sixth seed but were out after the first round. The Womenmeanwhileweren’t quite as fortunate finishing eight-and-17 overall. The bright spot for them was former P-C-M standout Laura Porter who finished up her career at Central joining the 1,000 point club. Miguel Ley was the leading scorer this year for the Men with 452 pointsand Porter led the Women with 374.

The Pleasantville wrestlers are preparing to travel to Cedar Rapids for the state dual tournament on Saturday. The Trojans are seeded seventh in the eight team bracketand will take on second seed Belle Plaine in the first round. The first match will get started at noon on mat one in the U-S Cellular Center. Head Coach Jason Anthony has seen quite a few good wrestlers and teamsbut he loves the teamwork hes seen from this years squad. Pleasantville comes in with a 23-and-three dual markand Belle Plaine comes in at 23-and-one. 

News 2/26/09

Posted: Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 6:59 am

County receives FEMA funds 
In response from last summers severe weather and flooding, Marion County has received over $500,000 in obligated public assistance funds from FEMA, with more expected to come. Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson says the county was approved for around $663,000 in assistance, although the numbers could change. He adds the county received $261,000 being used for individual and household programs. 

Properly dispose of analog TV sets 
The South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency is seeing an influx of analog television sets due to the transition to digital TV. Spokeswoman Amber Alley says those sets need to be properly disposed of as they contain hazardous materials such as lead. Alley says the state requires these types of electronics to be recycled. In related news, an electronic recycling event sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation and the city of Pella is planned for April 25.

Residents become lost in state forest 
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office helped Monroe County law enforcement search for and locate three Knoxville residents lost in Stephens State Forest early Wednesday morning. Monroe County Sheriff Daniel Johnson says the Marion County Communications Center began receiving calls from the residents, who said they were trying to film themselves surviving in the wilderness in imitation of a TV program, but became lost and called 911. The residents were located after a search in the area of 500th avenue and 130th street in Monroe County.

Delegation to travel to D.C. 
A delegation from Marion County will travel to Washington D.C. in about a month to meet with federal legislators. The annual trip is organized by the Pella Area Development Corporation. Director Karen Eischen says a new connection to Interstate 80 will be one topic of conversation. Eischen says additional federal funds would be needed to study a route extending from Highway 92 to Interstate 80.

County Board proposes lower overall salary increase 
The Marion County Board of Supervisors proposed a lower overall salary increase for county officials for the 2009-2010 county budget than what the county Compensation Board recommended earlier this year. Board of Supervisors chair Howard Pothoven says they proposed an overall salary increase 60% less than the proposed increase from the Compensation Board. 

Dollars for Scholars application deadline nears 
Pella Dollars for Scholars applications are due next month. The scholarship organization says applications must be mailed by March 13. Forms are available in the Pella and Pella Christian guidance counselor’s offices and also are available online through the Pella Dollars for Scholars and the Pella Community Foundation websites. Last year, the organization awarded a total of $70,000 to 177 graduating seniors. 

Officials balance county budget 
The 2009-10 proposed budget for Marion County is looking balanced. That’s according to Marion County Board of Supervisors Chair Howard Pothoven. He says finishing work on the $3.4 million courthouse remodeling project, window replacement project and having an increase in housing evaluations last year helped free up more funds for budgeting. 

Legislators again consider issue of cell phone use while driving 
A proposal to ban cell phone use while driving has scientific merit. Central College Professor of Psychology Peggy Fitch says research suggests that it is much more difficult than we originally thought to drive and use a cell phone. She says this also applies to hand-free devices. State legislators have offered bills in recent years that would limit cell phone use while driving. 

Cattlemens Association offers scholarships 
The Marion County Cattlemens Association is offering three $500 scholarships to qualified high school graduates planning to further their education this fall. Applicants must be the child of a parent who has been a paid regular member of the Marion County Cattlemens Association for at least two years including 2008 and 2009. The application form must be returned by March 6th. 

CSI program planned at library 
An upcoming event at the Pella Public Library is a glimpse into the world of crime investigation. According to the library, Lieutenant Shane Cox of the Pella Police Department will talk about crime scene investigation during a special program March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

News 2/26/09

Posted: Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 6:59 am

County receives FEMA funds 
In response from last summers severe weather and flooding, Marion County has received over $500,000 in obligated public assistance funds from FEMA, with more expected to come. Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson says the county was approved for around $663,000 in assistance, although the numbers could change. He adds the county received $261,000 being used for individual and household programs. 

Properly dispose of analog TV sets 
The South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency is seeing an influx of analog television sets due to the transition to digital TV. Spokeswoman Amber Alley says those sets need to be properly disposed of as they contain hazardous materials such as lead. Alley says the state requires these types of electronics to be recycled. In related news, an electronic recycling event sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, Pella Corporation and the city of Pella is planned for April 25.

Residents become lost in state forest 
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office helped Monroe County law enforcement search for and locate three Knoxville residents lost in Stephens State Forest early Wednesday morning. Monroe County Sheriff Daniel Johnson says the Marion County Communications Center began receiving calls from the residents, who said they were trying to film themselves surviving in the wilderness in imitation of a TV program, but became lost and called 911. The residents were located after a search in the area of 500th avenue and 130th street in Monroe County.

Delegation to travel to D.C. 
A delegation from Marion County will travel to Washington D.C. in about a month to meet with federal legislators. The annual trip is organized by the Pella Area Development Corporation. Director Karen Eischen says a new connection to Interstate 80 will be one topic of conversation. Eischen says additional federal funds would be needed to study a route extending from Highway 92 to Interstate 80.

County Board proposes lower overall salary increase 
The Marion County Board of Supervisors proposed a lower overall salary increase for county officials for the 2009-2010 county budget than what the county Compensation Board recommended earlier this year. Board of Supervisors chair Howard Pothoven says they proposed an overall salary increase 60% less than the proposed increase from the Compensation Board. 

Dollars for Scholars application deadline nears 
Pella Dollars for Scholars applications are due next month. The scholarship organization says applications must be mailed by March 13. Forms are available in the Pella and Pella Christian guidance counselor’s offices and also are available online through the Pella Dollars for Scholars and the Pella Community Foundation websites. Last year, the organization awarded a total of $70,000 to 177 graduating seniors. 

Officials balance county
budget
 
The 2009-10 proposed budget for Marion County is looking balanced. That’s according to Marion County Board of Supervisors Chair Howard Pothoven. He says finishing work on the $3.4 million courthouse remodeling project, window replacement project and having an increase in housing evaluations last year helped free up more funds for budgeting. 

Legislators again consider issue of cell phone use while driving 
A proposal to ban cell phone use while driving has scientific merit. Central College Professor of Psychology Peggy Fitch says research suggests that it is much more difficult than we originally thought to drive and use a cell phone. She says this also applies to hand-free devices. State legislators have offered bills in recent years that would limit cell phone use while driving. 

Cattlemens Association offers scholarships 
The Marion County Cattlemens Association is offering three $500 scholarships to qualified high school graduates planning to further their education this fall. Applicants must be the child of a parent who has been a paid regular member of the Marion County Cattlemens Association for at least two years including 2008 and 2009. The application form must be returned by March 6th. 

CSI program planned at library 
An upcoming event at the Pella Public Library is a glimpse into the world of crime investigation. According to the library, Lieutenant Shane Cox of the Pella Police Department will talk about crime scene investigation during a special program March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

Marion County Sports Wrap-Up 2-25-09

Posted: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

In a classic that went down to the final second of the gameMakenzie Vander Molen made a driving layup with one-point-two seconds on the clock to give Pella a 25-to-24 win over Knoxville in the class three-A girls regional final. Pella led for most of the way but could never get away from Knoxville as the Panthers made several key defensive stops and grabbed the lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Panthers held a 24/23 lead when Pella called a timeout with just over ten second remaining. Coach Mike Vint explained what happedn in the final ten seconds. Vander Molen led Pella with 15 points as she was the only Lady Dutch in double figures. MeanwhileKnoxville Coach Jim Utimarkt said his team did everything it could to win the game. Sam Abens finished with 12 points to lead the Panthers. Knoxville finishes by far its best season ever at 21-and-threewhile Pella improves to 23-and-one and will play Spencerwho knocked off number two ranked Algona last night. That game will be next Tuesday night at eight in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Pella Christian Eagles are just one game away from the State Tournament after last nights defeat of Davis County in Oskaloosa 84-to-52. The Mustangs were able to keep it close for a while before the Eagles went on another one of their patented runs in the second quarter to stretch their halftime lead to 44/27. Four Pella Christian players scored in double figures. Cliff Warner scored 20 pointsTyler Klyn had 12Bill Nolte added 14and Tyler Van Zee scored ten. Davis County tried to beat the Eagles with their speed but found out that Pella Christian was just as fast. That combined with the huge size advantage the Eagles had was the main difference in the game. The Eagles for the right to go to State on Saturday.

The Knoxville boys finished the season Tuesday night against A-D-M in the first round of the class three-A Distrcit. The Panthers finished five-and-17but Coach Brad McWilliams says the effort all season was outstanding. He says the coaching staff got more out of this group than they ever dreamed. He says Dan GordonLuke Hileman gave great effort all season long. Knoxville returns a large group with at least two years experience like Blake McWilliams at point guardand Luke Moore at the post position who also has developed an outside shotso the future seems brighter for Knoxville boys basketball.

The P-C-M boys fought right to the endbut came up just shortlosing in the class two-A district final to Des Moines Christian 47-to-43. It looked like P-C-M would run away with it earlyas the Mustangs finished the first quarter up 12/six and did a good job of shutting down the Lions leading scorer Branden Stubbsbut Stubbs got going in the second quarter and finished the first half with 13 of his 21 points. The Lions move on to face Pella Christian in the Sub State final on Saturday for a trip to state. P-C-M ended the season at 18-and-six.

The Central Mens basketball season ended to the hands of Loras last night in the first round of the Iowa Conference Tournament. The Du-Hawks beat the Dutch 73-to-65. Central took the lead with just under four minutes left in the game 58/57but Loras closed the game on a 16-to-seven run to seal it away. Miguel Ley had 25 points to pace Central.

Lady Eagles End Successful Season

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

The Pella Christian Lady Eagles season came to a close last night as they fell to Central Decatur 48-to-33 in Pleasantville. It took well over six minutes for either team to score before freshmen guard Christina Nolte finally broke the ice with a long two point jump shot. The Central Decatur defense was just too much thoughthe Cardinals continued to smother the Pella Christians ball handlers all night holding them to just four points in the first quarter and 13 first half points. The bright spot in the game was Christina Nolteplaying in just her fourth varsity game. She scored 14 points in the loss and was the only Lady Eagle who scored in double figures. Jana Van Zanten added six points in the defeat. With the loss Pella Christian falls to 16-and-9 overall finishing up a successful season. Meanwhile, the Pella Christian boys will be back in action tonight to take on Davis County in Oskaloosa for the Distrcit championship in class two-A. The game starts at seven tonight and KNIA/KRLS will have the pre-game at six-45.

Panthers Close Out Season

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Knoxville was staying right with A-D-M for the first quarter-and-a-half last night. In fact the two teams were tied at 15 with four-35 remaining in the first half. A-D-M proceeded to go on a 14-to-one run to end the first half to take a 29/16 lead at the half and methodically pull away in the second half to end Knoxvilles season 61-to-33. Knoxville was defending welland getting just enough on offense to make it a game. But Coach Brad McWilliams said after the game when A-D-M turned up the defense that frustrated the Panthers. Knoxville was led by Kyle Crossetts eight points. The Panthers finish the season at five-and-17. Dan Gordon, Kyle Crossett, Nathan Hegwood, Luke Hileman, and Derrick Van Zuuk all finished their careers for the Panthers.

Korver Leads Dutch to Victory

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Less than a week after subduing Centerville 99/51 in the regular season finale the Pella High boys had a date with the Big Reds in the opening round of the class three-A postseason tournament. Centervilles strategy was to slow the pace but Pella was proficient at that as well using a suffocating defensive effort to beat the Big Reds 48-to-36 and advance to the second round. The Little Dutch scored the first 11 points of the gameand after Centerville scored the next six Pella ripped off nine in a row to take a double-digit lead it would never relinquish. After the game, Head Coach Mark Core noted some keys to the victory over the Big Reds. Kirk Korver led the Little Dutch with 23 points and 12 rebounds. They’re now 17-and-five on the season and will play Norwalk Thursday night in the district championship game at Oskaloosa.

Pella & Knoxville Girls Meet Again

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Ask any of the Knoxville girls basketball squad and they welcome the opportunity to play Pella for a spot at the class three-A state tournament. Both teams split the two regular season games with each team winning on the others home court. Panthers Coach Jim Utimarkt says it may come down to something very small. Knoxville beat Vinton-Shellsburg on Saturday without its top two scorers near their average. Sam Abens had just three points and Steph Kingery scored a three late. Utimarkt was very pleased with the way players like Lacy Stevenson and Ashley Larsen stepped up to score. Meanwhile Pella Head Coach Mike Vint says his team is a slight underdog coming in to this one having lost the last matchup to the Panthers at home. That was the only loss this year for the eighth ranked Lady Dutch. You can hear the play-by-play on AM 1320 KNIA or 92-point-one KRLS tonight at six-45.

Last Game for Two Strong PCM Players

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Two of the best all-time girls basketball players to ever wear a P-C-M uniform have played their last game and Coach Ben Anderson says that Lindsay Vande Wall and Katlyn Wood were more than just outstanding basketball players. Vande Wall ended her career as the all-time career scoring leader for P-C-M and Wood was near the top in both points and rebounds. P-C-M ended its season in the Regional Semifinals in a four point loss to undefeated Central Decatur. The Mustangs finished the season at 21-and-three ranked fifth in the final rankings.

News 02/24/2009

Posted: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:13 am

Board postpones budget decision
After lengthy discussion, presentations and public comments last night, the Knoxville School Board tabled a discussion on a proposed 6 to 6.5% general fund budget reduction to a special meeting March 25th. Among some of the budget issues which could be reexamined include maintaining the athletic director position for both the high school and middle school, modifying or retaining the contract for the districts energy manager, and to consider cutting the middle schools assistant principal position, among other issues.

Board receives at-risk presentation
Educators continue to examine ways to reach students who struggle academically. Some of those plans were laid out at the Pella School Board meeting Monday night. Director of Instruction Lowell Ernst unveiled a proposal that would expand programs in place to assist students who struggle in the areas of reading and math. The proposal is estimated to cost about $36,500 with continuing costs of around $13,000.

Pleasantville seeks new police chief
Pleasantville is looking for a new police chief. That's according to Pleasantville Mayor Aaron Hurt. He says former chief Dave Roberts submitted a letter of retirement to the Pleasantville City Council earlier this month. Hurt says the city hopes to have a candidate selected by the end of March.

Central adapts to current economy
Central College isn't immune to the current economy. The economic downturn led to an end-of-year staff reduction, according to spokeswoman Abby Gonzales. Eleven positions were affected. Gonzales says the college has undertaken significant measures to lesson the impact of the downturn on the campus community. She adds that Central hopes there is no need for additional staff reductions this year as they are considered a last resort.

Knoxville levy rate increases slightly
The proposed levy rate for the 2009-10 Knoxville city budget is slightly higher than last year at $15.04 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. Knoxville City Manager Dick Schrad says the proposed general fund budget is $3.17 million, up $40,000 from last year. He says the increase is due to built in costs, including a 3.25% wage increase from a union labor contract for some city employees and increased fuel costs, among others.

Firefighters respond to minor structure fire
Emergency crews responded to a minor structure fire near Pella Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at 132 Timber Ridge Drive. According to Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom, the homeowner was burning some leaves in front of the residence when a spark ignited the sill plate on the structure. Van Gorkom says there was minor damage done to the siding and sill plate.

Schools celebrate FFA week
This week is National FFA Week, and area schools have planed activities. Brent Hanna is FFA Advisor for Knoxville High School. He says Knoxville members plan to work on leadership contests and to treat the high school faculty to a light breakfast. Pella high school FFA advisor Mark Williams says students also plan to treat faculty to coffee and doughnuts, sport their FFA jackets at school and setup posters.

Get to know your heart
Keep your heart healthy. That's the message from health care professionals during National Heart Month. RN Sherrilyn Nikkel with Cardiac Services at Pella Regional Health Center encourages residents to receive annual physicals to check for signs of any cardiovascular health issues. She says people need to know their numbers – blood pressure and cholesterol – just like they know their birth date.

Legislature needs to review judiciary options
The legislature needs to review all its options before deciding how best to help the states ailing judiciary. That's according to State Representative Jim Van Engelenhoven. He says court employees need to bring several proposals to the judiciary and appropriations committees before any hasty decisions are made.

Tractor Ride heads south
The tractors are heading south this year. Gary Van Vark is with the Red Rock Threshers. He says this year the organization has decided to base their annual tractor ride out of Honey Creek Resort State Park at Lake Rathbun. The annual Red Rock Threshers Tractor Ride begins July 16. For more information, contact Gary Van Vark at 641-628-3575.

Pella Christian Regional – On Demand

Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Pella Christian vs. Central Decatur Girls Regional Basketball Monday, February 23rd left click to listen now

Knoxville Board of Education Considers Proposal

Posted: Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

The Knoxville Board of Education will consider a proposed $1.13 million budget cut for next year at their bi-monthly meeting Monday evening at 6:30 in the Knoxville High School Library. Residents can join KNIA / KRLS for a Special Edition News Magazine on the event live, streaming on the internet. Go to www.kniakrls.com, and click on Radio Plus for the live stream, beginning at 6:30 p.m.